John Tomase of the Boston Herald writes that the Patriots spotted the Chiefs 26 of the game's first 29 points. By the time they mounted a mini-comeback with touchdowns at the end of the third quarter (Patrick Pass, 1-yard run) and start of the fourth (Christian Fauria, 1-yard reception), it was far too late. "It was a repeat of the Denver game," said head coach Bill Belichick, who missed much of the week leading up to the game after his father's death. "You spot a team a 26-3 lead in the third quarter, just like Denver's 28-3, you're not going to win a lot of games against a quality football team, which the Chiefs and Denver are. You've got to find a way to make it more competitive than that."
Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe writes that Tom Brady had one of the worst games of his career. He completed 22 of 40 passes for 248 yards, with much of the success coming as the Patriots tried desperately to get back into the game. The four picks he threw -- three of them to safety Greg Wesley -- matched his career worst, which he has done four times. Three of the turnovers were the result of tipped passes, though none was off a particularly good throw. The Patriots lost 26-16 and dropped to 2-5 this season against teams with winning records, having lost three straight against playoff contenders. "When you're 6-5, it's like you're going out there thinking you're going to win every game just showing up. We didn't play very well today and that's why we lost the way we did. Too many turnovers. Too many missed opportunities out there. It's frustrating as a team. It's frustrating when we sit there and we realize we had a chance to go 7-4 and put together a three-game win streak and the way we played today, it just wasn't going to happen." Michael Felger of the Boston Herald also reports on Brady's poor performance against the Chiefs.
Kelsie Smith of the Boston Globe writes that the Patriots secondary has given up more than 300 yards passing in each of their last four games (321 against the Colts, 360 to the Dolphins, 338 to the Saints and 323 to the Chiefs). Kansas City quarterback Trent Green averaged 11.8 yards in his 19 completions, one of which was a 52-yard touchdown pass to Dante Hall, but yesterday the problem was not just Green and the secondary's inability to stop him. It was also running back Larry Johnson, who posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 119 on 31 carries. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald offers a similar report on the Patriots secondary.
John Tomase of the Boston Herald offers a story on wide receiver Tim Dwight. The Patriots' leading receiver yesterday, Dwight couldn't hang onto a Tom Brady pass with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter. Instead of giving the Pats a first down at the Kansas City 15-yard line with a chance to pull within a field goal, the deflected pass fell into the hands of safety Sammy Knight for an interception that sealed the Chiefs' 26-16 victory. The drop overshadowed an otherwise excellent performance. Playing in place of the injured David Givens, Dwight caught five passes for 76 yards, both team highs. He also returned six kickoffs for 147 yards (24.5 average) and ran two reverses for 17 yards. "I was out there filling in, trying to make some plays," Dwight said. "I made some, but the biggest one of the day went the other way. I just have to go out, work with the JUGS machine a little more and catch the football."
Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe writes that the Patriots were in trouble from the start in yesterday's 26-16 loss to the Chiefs, but any hopes of making a comeback centered on a good second-half defensive performance. When they forced Kansas City to punt for the first time, that was a start. But the next time the Chiefs, who led, 19-3, at the half, got the ball, they went 68 yards(including a 52-yard strike from Trent Green to Dante Hall) in two plays to take a commanding 23-point lead. ''I was supposed to be deep, we were in man coverage, and I bit on a run fake, thinking that Dante was coming in to crack [block], and he took off again," safety Michael Stone said. "At that point we were both running, trying to make up ground but . . . It was pretty much downhill from there."
Tom Curran of the Providence Journal writes that the Chiefs scored on every possession in the first half. Fortunately for the Patriots, four of the scores were field goals and one was a touchdown. The deficit could have been a whole lot worse than 19-3 going into halftime. In the second half, New England crept back in with two touchdowns after getting down 26-3. The Patriots lost the game 26-16.
John Tomase of the Boston Herald writes that wide receiver Troy Brown grabbed his 500th career reception. Brown reached the milestone with a 25-yard catch in the second quarter of a 26-16 loss to the Chiefs. With the catch, Brown trails only Stanley Morgan(534) on the teams all-time list for career receptions.
Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his analysis of the Patriots 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant writes that the Chiefs, who led 26-3 before the Patriots awakened late in the third quarter, racked up 420 yards of offense, doing what has come naturally for Patriots opponents. The Patriots have allowed 400 or more yards in seven of the last eight games. The exception was the Bills, who gained only 394 in a 21-16 loss Oct. 30. "I'm not going to analyze our performance when I haven't seen the tape," Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel said. "But the bottom line is, you can't wait that long to get going. You can't not make them punt in the first half."
Steve Weiberg of USA Today writes that Kansas City Chiefs Safety Greg Wesley intercepted three Tom Brady passes, Sammy Knight picked off a fourth, and Larry Johnson delivered his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game as the Chiefs defeated the Patriots.
Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal offers a story on former Patriots Football Weekly editor, Bryan Morry. Morry now co-hosts an afternoon sports radio show on WSKO with Scott Cordischi weekdays from 3 - 7 p.m. " I'm just learning the radio business," Morry said. "I think we're a caller-friendly program. Do the linsteners want to hear good guests? Do they want to hear the hosts? Or other callers? Probably a little bit of everything. That's what we're trying to do."
Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.